National Parks / Natural World in Oklahoma with kids

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, The Sooner State has some incredible places to visit with kids right on your doorstep….and you won’t want to forget your camera!

The national and state parks in Oklahoma offer an incredible variety of experiences for children.  Some parks protect a unique and diverse wilderness, teeming with wildlife which is always a thrill for kids!

Some parks protect incredible fascinating and significant historical sites, where the family can go back in time through American history…who says the learning as to stop on a family day out!

The state of Oklahoma itself has smaller parks perfect for a quick trip into nature.  You don’t even need to leave the city to have that park experience - and kids LOVE them!

Shut those televisions off and put those computer games away….the great outdoors is calling and it’s calling YOU!

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  • Cann Memorial Botanical Gardens

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    Ponca City

    Cann Memorial Garden is a 10 acre estate located in the heart of Ponca City at the Junction of Highway 77 and Grand Avenue. The estate was given to the City of Ponca City by Elsie Cann Brown in ...

  • Tulsa Garden Center

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    Tulsa

    Tulsa Garden Center, located in historic Woodward Park, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide a variety of horticultural and environmental education opportunities for the community ...

  • Chickasaw National Park

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    Sulphur

    Peaceful Valley of Rippling Waters The Peaceful Valley of Rippling Waters appropriately describes Chickasaw National Recreation Area, known for its many mineral springs, cool water, flora, fauna, ...

  • Greenleaf State Park

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    Braggs

    One of Oklahomas most family orientated parks Greenleaf State Park is located near Braggs, Oklahoma, and is situated around the 930-acre (3.8 km

  • Myriad Botanical Gardens and Crystal Bridge

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    Oklahoma City

    Discover a breathtaking paradise nestled in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City. The Myriad Botanical Gardens features 17 acres of landscaped gardens surrounding the crystal bridge conservatory.

  • Turner Falls Park

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    Davis

    Turner Falls Park, the oldest park in Oklahoma, has received national publicity and has served as a classroom for the naturalist. Many springs from the world famous Arbuckle Mountains form Honey ...

  • Selman Bat Cave

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    Freedom

    An unforgettable experience watching millions of bats take flight from the caves at twilight. For kids over 8, it includes an optional tour with a nature ramble with trained biologists.

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  • Shattuck Windmill Museum

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    Shattuck

    On a warm Sunday afternoon in May 1996, an enthusiastic crowd gathered to dedicate the Shattuck Windmill Museum & Park. The early windmillers from the surrounding counties or members of their ...

  • Cherokee Strip Museum

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    Perry

    The museum shares the history of rural Oklahoma through its exhibits. Across the creek from the museum is a one room schoolhouse where living history is taught four days throughout most of the school ...

  • National Wresting Hall of Fame

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    Stillwater

    A great, fun and interesting place to be inspired by those who achieved their dreams in the sporting world.

  • Sheerar Museum

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    Stillwater

    The Museum's exhibits document life in Stillwater over the past one hundred years.

  • Tulsa Air and Space Museum

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    Tulsa

    The Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium where the past and future meet to inspire today's visitors. Experience Tulsa's rich history in the aerospace industry by exploring 19,000 square feet of ...

  • National Rod and Custom Car Hall of Fame Museum

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    Afton

    Welcome to the National Rod & Custom Car Hall of Fame Museum, the only institution in the world dedicated to the preservation and display of classic Hot Rods and Custom Cars while honoring the ...

  • Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art

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    Tulsa

    "It is the mission of The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art to educate about the Jewish experience in Oklahoma, the United States, and the world. Through exhibitions and educational programs ...

  • The Oklahoma Maritime Education Center

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    Catoosa

    Learn all about the history of the waterway, the port, and all the economic benefits of the system! Great FREE learning in Oklahoma

  • JM Davis Arms and Historical Museum

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    Claremore

    The 40,000 sq. ft. J.M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum on Historic U.S. Route 66 Highway houses a collection of items as diverse as the people and the culture it represents. The museum is operated ...

  • Gilcrease Museum

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    Tulsa

    Tulsa's Gilcrease Museum is one of the country's best facilities for the preservation and study of American art and history

  • Cheyenne Cultural Center

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    Clinton

    The Cheyenne Cultural Center, conceived as a vision by Lawrence Hart, became a reality in 1977. Mr. Hart, executive director of the center, and his family founded the center in hopes to cultivate ...

  • American Banjo Museum

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    Oklahoma City

    21,000sq ft of fascinating museum in Oklahoma City, dedicated to the rich spirit, history, and future of the banjo!

  • Oklahoma City Museum of Art

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    Oklahoma City

    The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is located in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City's Arts District. Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Museum serves more than 130,000 visitors ...

  • Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History

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    Norman

    Over 300 million years of Oklahoma's natural history can be seen in a 195,000 square foot facility. With ive galleries featuring thousands of artifacts in 50,000 square feet of exhibit space. ...

  • Science Museum Oklahoma

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    Oklahoma City

    An incredibly fun and exciting way to spend the day for future scientists and budding astronauts

  • Oklahoma Firefighters Museum

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    Oklahoma City

    The Museum contains a remarkable collection of antique fire apparatus and equipment dating back to the mid-1700s, including the first fire station built in, what was then, Oklahoma Territory in 1869. ...

  • The National Cowboy Museum

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    Oklahoma City

    Yee Haw, it's a great museum that focuses on the Western art, history and culture - all in Oklahoma City!

  • 45th Infantry Division Museum

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    Oklahoma City

    The museum exhibits the icons of our State's military past from 1451A.D. through WW1, WWII and Korea to the present.

  • Edmond Historical Society Museum

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    Edmond

    The mission of the Edmond Historical Society is to preserve and promote Edmond's heritage. Special exhibits include a re-creation of the Bradbury Corner Station and a one-quarter-scale model of ...

  • Five Civilized Tribes Museum

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    Muskogee

    A historic museum that preserves the culture, traditions and art of the five civilized tribes, with exhibitions and shows.

  • Three Rivers Museum

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    Muskogee

    Climb aboard the 1940's era switch engine, visit the statue commemorating the first Girls Scout Cookies, and try to solve the mystery of the tombstone! Preserves the multi-ethnic history and heritage ...

  • Museum of the Great Plains

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    Lawton

    The Museum of the Great Plains aspires to open minds and enrich lives by exploring the spirit of the Great Plains. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do with ...

  • The Chisholm Trail Heritage Center

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    Duncan

    Visit one of the largest monuments in America, and great exhibits that celebrate the history and culture of the Chisholm Trail. and the American West!

  • Gene Autry Oklahoma Museum

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    Gene Autry

    Ever wish they still made movies like the old "B" Westerns with their singing cowboys, beautiful women and trained horses? Although those films are now only a part of our history, there's a very ...

  • Confederate Memorial Museum

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    Atoka

    The museum offers a unique look into the varied history of southeastern Oklahoma. From pre-historic bones, the Choctaw Trail of Tears and a stop on the Butterfield Stage Line, to homegrown talents ...

  • Oklahoma Railway Museum

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    Oklahoma City

    See freight cars, passenger cars, and even a real steam engine on display in the FREE museum. Take train rides and visit the dining car caboose!

  • Red Earth Museum

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    Oklahoma City

    "What is this rattle made of?" "What's a parfleche?" Through unique exhibitions focusing on the Native American way of life, Red Earth reaches more than 300,000 visitors annually. The exhibits are ...

  • Jasmine Moran Childrens Museum

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    West Seminole

    Highly hands-on, award winning museum with roleplay town, science exhibitions, and an ENORMOUS outdoor play area with maze and train!